SOMOS Presents the 22nd Annual 


Saturday, October 9, 2021

With Storytellers Cisco Guevara, David McDonnell, and Sarah Malone. Produced by SOMOS.

Founded 22 years ago, The Taos Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the most exciting storytelling festivals in America. The stories you’ll hear will make you laugh, smile, cry, chuckle, wonder, slap your knees, giggle, and applaud. Sign up to tell your story at the Taos StorySLAM or join us and tell your story at our Story Swap.

Make your plans now to attend the 22nd annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 9, 2021 in beautiful downtown Taos. View schedule→


2021 marks the twenty-first anniversary of the Taos Storytelling Festival, sponsored by SOMOS. The inaugural festival in 1999, held in a tent in Kit Carson Park over three days, has evolved to a two-day festival with the main event on Saturday evening at the Taos Center for the Arts; auxiliary programs take place at SOMOS, local bars, and other venues (including Mesa Brewing Company, Angladas Building, and nearby restaurants). The festival typically includes a StorySLAM (with first-, second-, and third-place winners—the first-place winner performing onstage at the TCA finale), a Story Swap (free and hosted by a member of Storytellers of New Mexico), a Children’s Concert (for children of all ages), Storytelling-in-the-Schools, and an adult storytelling workshop presented by the headliner storyteller. Over the years, some of our featured storytellers (who have come from all parts of the United States and the world) have included Bil Lepp, Joe Hayes, Carmen Agra Deedy, Dovie Thomason, Cisco Guevara, Sarah Malone, Liz Mangual, Bob Kanegis, Kevin Kling, Terry Allen, Jo Harvey Allen, Antonio Rocha, Jerry Faires, Kuniko Yamamoto, Elaine Muray, Laura Simms, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Andy Offutt Irwin, and Minton Sparks.

Cisco Guevara is a local storytelling legend and owner of Los Rios River Runners and multigenerational New Mexican and has participated in the Taos Storytelling Festival since its inception. He draws his outrageously true stories from his Hispanic and Indian heritage, and from his dynamic experience as a river guide over the last quarter century.

David McDonnell is a critically acclaimed author and story teller (“seanchaí” in the words of the Irish) with a passion for Irish and Irish-American history. His passion and story-telling skills have enchanted and educated both readers and listeners in both America and Ireland.

Sarah Malone is a bilingual storyteller who has woven tales for children and adults for over 30 years. Through storytelling, Sarah breathes life into words – drawing the listener into another realm through the powerful relationship between storyteller and listener. She is a published author, recording artist, a founding member of Storytellers of New Mexico and its current treasurer.















Thank you to the following sponsors of the 21st Taos Storytelling Festival, 10/09/21












Lucy & Dirk Herrman
Welcome Lindsey, Editor
Nancy Jenkins



Cisco Guevara

David McDonnell

Sarah Malone

Open Tues-Sat  12pm-4pm  575.758.0081  108 Civic Plaza Drive

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3225, Taos, NM 87571


SOMOS programs are made possible in part by these organizations: New Mexico Arts • Taos Community Foundation • The McCune Foundation • The National Endowment For The Arts • The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation • The Peter And Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Arts • The Santa Fe Community Foundation • Taos County Lodgers Tax • The Richard B. Siegel Foundation • TaosNetLLC for high speed internet service  • LANL (Los Alamos National Labs)  • New Mexico Humanities Council

Young boy listening while a woman speaks to a group at SOMOS